Could this be a little different from the previous tours to Australia? Answer is a casual and straight no; if you are emotionally charged up, you might actually end up asking me how differently I would want to see the outcome of ODI series slated to begin this weekend at the WACA right after host’s new year’s test at SCG, or, if you are emotionally balanced, you might then get me on to the table of conversation. That the cricket fans back home in India and in Australia are divergent, in having views of how they would want their teams to be on the field, could create a little room for emotionally charged up debates, sometimes hovering impertinence. Well, then, what is it that we want from cricket?
Entertainment is sheer mediocrity. All the Twenty Twenty world cup tournaments organized so far didn’t even touch half way mark in creating euphoria, panic, mania, heart break, jubilation, etcetera, as did a single fifty over world cup, arguably labelled the game’s celestial event once in four years. Although not being match to FIFA world cup in vigour, slightly nudging around to match the annual Wimbledon men’s singles title in sophistication and constant improvisation, and finally moving on a snail’s pace to make it rich in Summer Olympic Games and in its beloved sister the Commonwealth Games, the intensity with which national teams participate in the itinerary sounds a school management delightfully overseeing SWOT analysis of its students well before final exams; they offer everything to make their appearance a show piece in lifetime. The art of winning, or perhaps the art of peaking at the right time in the knock out stages, is just the same in contour and passion. Holding nerves in spine-breaking spells and making up for lost chances is just the same too. What separates cricket, then?
300 deliveries maximum without over stepping and not more than 100 of them over the chest of batsmen. Three hours and a half in sweat and breeze. Wait. That’s first half. Second half depends on the first half. Sounds cheeky, right? Wait.
Before we proceed on to find about cricket, we can take a look at India’s appalling show at the WACA in the first ODI and how Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten knock of 171 went in vain in front of marauding Aussies and inspired Steve Smith. To support law of large numbers (LLN) in mathematics, we’re here to compare how India lost its winning streak in the 40th over when Sourav Ganguly ran himself out after a classic hundred against the mighty world champions under Steve Waugh the same day sixteen years ago (January 12, 2000 Carlton United Triangular Series featuring Pakistan under Wasim Akram) and helped Aussies gain an undue advantage. Ponting was adjudged the man of the match for his fruitful knock at the MCG as Australia posted a challenging 269.